Our team of qualified midwives and healthcare practitioners work to provide the best women's care and birth stories.
Brennan Taylor, CNM
Brennan is an RN and CNM who was raised in Little Rock and Southern California. She is thrilled to be back in her home state of Arkansas providing midwifery care. She graduated with a BA in History from Carleton College in 2007 and lived in Oakland, CA for several years where she developed a love for teaching yoga and providing doula services. She was a doula for 3 years in the Bay Area and helped to start the non-profit organization The Birth Justice Project, which provides doula services to women who are incarcerated or in recovery from addiction. In 2013 she moved to Nashville, TN to pursue her RN licensure and Masters in Nurse-Midwifery.
At the end of her Masters program, Brennan was thrilled to be placed at BCNWA in the fall of 2015, where her love for providing one-on-one labor support was rekindled. After graduating in December of 2015, she accepted a position here and moved back to Arkansas to start practice. Brennan sees it as her job as a midwife to create a space in which a pregnant mother and loved ones can safely learn about and experience the transformative processes of pregnancy, labor and delivery. In a way, she imagines herself as tour guide through the birth terrain.
In her free time, Brennan enjoys cooking (not baking), taking Zumba and Yoga classes, spending time outdoors and hanging out with friends. She is glad to be close to her family and friends in central Arkansas and is looking forward to falling in love with the northwest region of the natural state.
Kim Anderson, CNM
Kim is a Missouri native, and started at the Birth Center of Northwest Arkansas in August of 2017. She has been a nurse for over 35 years with a focus in maternal-child healthand is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia Masters of Science-Midwifery program. Since graduating, Kim has practiced Midwifery in a variety of settings; from homebirth to a level 3 tertiary center, in locations such varying from the Midwest to rural Alaska.
Kim has a firm belief in normal physiological birth and strives to empower women to embrace the journey from conception, to birth, and into parenthood. She is thrilled to return to an out of hospital setting.
Outside of the birth center, Kim enjoys baking, auctions biking, and exploring the Ozarks with her husband, Mark. She is the mother of four grown children and has two grandsons.
Kelsey Gilley, RN, CNM
Kelsey is an Arkansas native. As a Rogers High School graduate she then went on to the University of Central Arkansas where she received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. While working in a local inpatient labor and delivery facility she attended the University of Cincinnati's midwifery program, obtaining her Master of Science in Nursing. In September of 2017 Kelsey's long term dream of working at the Birth Center of NWA came true.
Kelsey is a firm believer in empowering women to make educated decisions regarding their health care. Through providing safe and supportive care to women across their life span, she desires to encourage more women to choose midwifery care for all their childbirth and women's health care needs.
Kelsey and her husband live in Rogers with their first child, Asher. When she's not helping mothers and babies, she enjoys spending time with her family, attending and volunteering at her church, or working in her wood-shop.
Rochelle Boyce, RN
Rochelle Boyce graduated from Northwest Arkansas Community College in 2012 and later completed her bachelor’s degree in nursing through Chamberlain College of Nursing.
After 7 years of working as a birth doula in various birth settings and almost 2 years as an assistant to a home birth midwife, the birth center has been the perfect fit for combining her nursing skill set & passion for the midwifery model of care. When not working, you can find Rochelle and her amazing border collie out exploring Northwest Arkansas’ best hiking trails, cycling the Razorback Greenway, kayaking, or running a half marathon.
Brittany Clark, BSN, RNC
Since a young age Brittany knew that caring for women in pregnancy and labor was her passion, stating “pregnancy and labor are transformative and influential experiences for women and their families. It is important to me that our families receive the education and support they need to have a healthy and empowering pregnancy, birth and postpartum”.
She observed her first birth at 17 years old and decided at that time she would be a labor and delivery nurse. While attending University of Arkansas she discovered Doula labor support and the Midwifery Model of Care. At this time she underwent training in labor support and practiced as a volunteer labor Doula.
Upon graduating with her BSN from the University of Arkansas in 2013 she underwent a labor and delivery internship in a local hospital. In October of 2013 Brittany started her work supporting women in labor here at the Birth Center of NWA while still working in the hospital setting until the birth of her son in 2015. In 2016 Brittany achieved Nursing Board Certification as a Registered Nurse expert in Maternal Newborn Care (RNC-MNN).
As of April 2016 Brittany left the hospital setting and took on additional roles here at the Birth Center of NWA as a Registered Nurse caring for women while in clinic, while laboring, and teaching our Childbirth Education Classes.
Courtney Klausing, RN
Courtney was introduced to midwifery care in 2017 after first gaining experience in labor and delivery within a hospital setting and received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Arkansas (Go Hogs!).
While studying, Courtney served as student staff for University Recreation in a group fitness instructor role. "Each week as I prepared to coach my cycle and Barre classes, I would get so excited to take my participants to the next level in their pursuit of gaining strength and pushing through pain to achieve greater endurance. Since having a baby is one of the toughest and most rewarding events in one’s life, it was a natural decision for me to choose to coach moms and love on families during labor. I am passionate about the transformative care that is offered at the Birth Center that focuses on the needs of our families." Courtney enjoys serving moms and babies at the birth center where patients come first, preferences matter, and excellent healthcare is always the goal.
Deanna Sirmans, BSN, RN
Deanna Sirmans was first introduced to midwifery care in March 2017 after being a labor and delivery nurse at a local hospital. She's been with the Birth Center of NWA since March 2017 and "...loves being a part of a family's miracle of having a baby. Being there to support the family is a wonderful feeling."
Joy Stay, RN, IBCLC
Joy Stay's passion for helping people is what drew her to nursing. Her journey in nursing has taken her all over the world and she has enjoyed working in local hospitals in Pediatrics, Gynecology, Postpartum and a few others.
Joy's path came lead me to the Birthing Center when she realized the opportunity to come along side families as they empower themselves. She has two beautiful children, one born in the hospital and one at the birthing center. This difference in labor experience has strengthened her interest to help those looking for a different option in how they make health care decisions.
Hannah McHardy, RN
Hannah has been attending births since 2012 - first as a doula, then as a midwives apprentice, and most recently as a hospital Labor and Delivery nurse. She graduated from State University of New York Ulster in 2016 and joined our team in March of 2018.
Hannah has worked as an EMT, in an Emergency Room, on a Greenpeace boat, and has a Bachelors in Ecology from Sterling College in Vermont. She lives in Bentonville with her husband and her son, who was born into the loving hands of midwives.